|In the green month when resurrected flowers,
Like laughing children ignorant of death,
Brighten the couch of those who wake no more,
Love and remembrance blossom in our hearts
For you who bore the extreme sharp pain for us,
And bought our freedom with your lives.
Honoring your memory, with love we bring
These fiery roses, white-hot cotton flowers
And violets bluer than cool northern skies
You dreamed of in the burning prison fields
When liberty was only a faint north star
Not a bright flower planted by your hands
Reaching up hardly nourished with your blood.
Fit gravefellows you are for Lincoln, Brown and Douglas
and Toussant. . .all thosse rapt eyes
Fashioned a new world in this wilderness.
American earth is richer for your bones:
Our hearts prouder for the blood we inherit.
President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation:
". . . The tide of the was sluggish in 1862, Lincoln was meditating a greaat
forward step in the march for humanity: all slaves held by the rebels would
be free. this act injected new spirt and purpose into the cause of the
Union. The end of slavery was formally accomplished by the Thirteenth AMendment
to the Constitution , adopted in 1865.1